School Improvement in Maryland

Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 6

Reading/ELA | Informational | Literary | Writing | Language | Listening | Speaking

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Standard 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 5. Analyze elements of drama to facilitate understanding

Objective d. Identify and explain stage directions and dialogue that help to create character

Assessment limit: In the text or a portion of the text

Selected Response Item

Read the play 'The Weeping Willow Wedding Day'. Then answer the following.

Read the stage direction in the last line of the play.

(Grandpa Singleton winks at Grandma Singleton as Tyrone walks past him.)

What does this stage direction most help a reader understand?

  1. how Grandpa feels about the wedding
  2. how much Grandpa admires Tyrone
  3. that Grandpa approves of his family’ appearance
  4. that Grandpa knows there is no punishment

Correct Answer:

Resources for Objective 3.A.5.d: